CAIRO: The Administrative Court ruled Saturday to cancel the parliament elections results in two constituencies in Upper Egypt’s governorate of Beni Suef after a name of a judicially disqualified candidate was listed on the ballots, Youm7 reported.
A date will be set for a re-vote in the two constituencies.
The court received a complaint from five candidates who argued that the elections results in two constituencies were “void” due to including the name of Omar Abu el-Qassim, an excluded individual candidate, in the voting ballots.
Abu el-Qassim garnered more than 2,000 votes in the first round, which ended Oct. 19, “which affected the results of the other candidates who did not make it to the run-off, and accordingly, we demand the elections to be cancelled [in these constituencies] and hold a re-vote like El-Raml constituency in Alexandria,” read the court decision.
Over the same reason, the court cancelled voting results in El-Raml constituency after candidate Aly Elba, who was excluded over a “bad reputation,” earned 23,000 votes in the first round.
In the parliament elections, voters have to sign two ballots: one for the electoral lists and the other for the individual candidates, in which they have to mark two candidates. The presence of a wrong name in the ballot nulls votes for other eligible candidates, according to the complaints.
Other constituencies have reportedly included names of non-eligible candidates; in Damanhur, a jailed candidate was on the ballot, and in Upper Egypt’s Minya, a deceased person was in the running.
An electoral silence will begin at noon Sunday, during which candidates’ electioneering campaigns will be banned until a run-off phase kicks off abroad on Monday, Oct. 26 and in Egypt on Tuesday.
A total of 222 individual candidates will be present in the run-off phase, after only four candidates were secured in the first round.